Understanding Adult ADHD

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Fidgeting, interrupting conversations, losing things, forgetting the reason for a trip to the grocery store – everyone acts this way once in a while. But a long and persistent history of restless, impulsive, or inattentive behavior may be a sign of Adult ADD. This is especially true if these behaviors have existed since childhood and result in problems at work, home, and/or in social settings.

If you think you might have Adult ADD, here are several questions you might want to ask yourself. These are some of the questions that can help doctors and health care professionals screen for Adult ADD.

Ask yourself these questions and think about how long you have experienced these symptoms and how often they occur. If these symptoms are interfering with your success at home, at work, or with friends, and have your whole life, you may want to talk to your doctor or health care professional about a clinical evaluation.

  • Do you have difficulty concentrating or focusing your attention on one thing?
  • Do you often start multiple projects at the same time, but rarely finish them?
  • Do you have trouble with organization?
  • Do you procrastinate on projects that take a lot of attention to detail?
  • Do you have problems remembering appointments or obligations?
  • Do you have trouble staying seated during meetings or other activities?
  • Are you restless or fidgety?
  • Do you often lose or misplace things?

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